Best offensive lineman in Raiders history: 4. Steve Wisniewski
The remaining four players on this ranking are all legends with little to separate them. In the second round of the 1989 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys selected Steve Wisniewski out of Penn State. Immediately, the Raiders traded for his draft rights. From day one as a Raider, Wisniewski was a starter at the right guard position.
In his second season, Wisniewski switched over to the left side with former Cincinnati Bengals star Max Montoya’s offseason acquisition to play right guard.
The Penn State product would hold on to the starting left guard role until his retirement after the 2001 NFL season. That stretch from 1990 to 2001 included eight Pro Bowl nods, six Second-Team All-Pro nominations and two First-Team All-Pro designations.
To say Wisniewski was dominant would be putting it lightly. He played and started all but one game after his rookie season, finishing his career with 206 games played and 206 starts. Those 206 games played is seventh all-time for the franchise, showing just how durable and consistent Wisniewski was during his 13-year NFL career.
Wisniewski played in nine playoff games for the Raiders with his final game being the infamous ‘Tuck Rule’ game. He was unable to get his revenge, and was not a member of the team that made the Super Bowl in 2002, as Wisniewski retired after that game.
A legendary Raider, some in the fan base argue that he should be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Unfortunately for Wisniewski, that seems unlikely.